After causing a stir earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival where it won the Europa Cinemas prize in the Directors’ Fortnight, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s directorial debut ,“Mustang,” will not only be France’s official entry into the Best Foreign Language category at the Oscars but also will see release through Cohen Media Group. To that end, the film’s first trailer has finally been released online to get the awards campaign rolling.
Co-written by Alice Winocour, “Mustang” follows a quintet of young sisters in a repressive northern Turkey coastal town as they navigate an unfair system that robs them of their freedom and the exhilaration of youth. Our review called the film’s performances “superbly naturalistic, Warren Ellis’ score unobtrusively fitting, and David Chizallet and Ersin Ersin Gok’s photography subtly poignant.” Here’s the official synopsis:
It’s the beginning of the summer. In a village in the north of Turkey, Lale and her four sisters come home from school, innocently playing with boys. The supposed debauchery of their games causes a scandal with unintended consequences. The family home slowly turns into a prison, classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages begin to be arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed on them.
“Mustang” will get a limited theatrical release on November 20th. Watch the trailer below